ISSUES: South Florida Schools Need to Embrace Bilingualism

Education is a vital asset to prepare students joining an increasingly competitive workforce. Living in South Florida, most would say that being bilingual is also essential. Today, it’s not simply a matter of learning their ABC’s and simple sentences in a foreign language — to stay competitive, students are expected to master core areas like math and science. But some language experts believe there is a shift happening — Miami’s command of the Spanish language is slowly slipping away, or getting sloppy, Due to assimilation. Is it time for Miami to formally teach and embrace bilingualism?

Guest:
Philip M. Carter, Ph.D., Florida International University